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BBQ causes twist


Food Media

BBQ causes twist

porker | Aug 1, 2008 10:22 AM

Saw a news item on my Yahoo toolbar:
"Toxic Warning for all BBQ Lovers", so I clicked here:

A newsclip from ABC saying how charring creates HCAs, a cancer causing compound. Just found it interesting on how the commentator said something like "overcooking your meat can be dangerous". She said this a couple of times...
But the point was to avoid *charring*, not avoid 'overcooking'.
I'm also curious how the general public would interpret such a report.

I remember a few eons ago when I ran a fast food seasonal joint. Every summer, our local TV station would do a seasonal segment on BBQing hamburger patties. Their point that eating undercooked ground meat can be a potential health hazard (understandable). They also went on that when cooking frozen patties the potential is greater because it "looks cooked on the outside, but it may still be raw on the inside".

So I'd get customers asking if our patties were frozen. Well, I'd answer, they were previously frozen, but I cook them from a de-frosted state.
"Well nevermind, I don't want to get that 'hamburger disease' like on TV."
Of course I'd explain that they should be concerned about undercooked meat rather than whether it was frozen or not - but no way, their mind was made up: anything from frozen was dangerous...

So back to this report. I wonder if there'll be a mass misunderstanding. To me, carcinogens in BBQ have been established a long time ago. A potentially misleading report like this can maybe do more bad than good; "Mary, don't overcook my meat, they said it causes cancer"...

Not that I'm worried, I like my BBQ and don't mind living on the edge. Plus another reason for 'low and slow'

Whattya think?

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